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OFPP zeroes in on acquisition workforce

Some administration officials fear the acquisition workforce can't properly manage government contracts. Dan Gordon said strengthening that workforce is OFPP's number one priority. He also said he wants to improve communication between government acquisition officers and industry.

Tags: contracting , management , OFPP , Dan Gordon , mythbusting , AFFIRM , Meg Beasley

Friday - 02/18/2011, 07:02am EST
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OFPP, OPM join forces to recruit acquisition workers

A new memo from Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator, details hiring flexibilities and new tools for agencies.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , OFPP , OPM , hiring reform , hiring flexibilities , USAJobs.gov , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/11/2011, 03:32pm EST

Air Force models rapid IT development

The Defense Department wants its information technology projects to be developed in smaller, faster chunks that take no more than 18 months to deploy. One Air Force program executive officer says he's already doing it in 12 months.

Tags: DoD , contracting , technology , IT acquisition , agile development , AFCEA , C4ISR , Steve Wert , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 06:39pm EST
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FAA's Washington to retire after 33 years in government

Washington said he wants to pursue work in the commercial aviation industry.

Tags: management , contracting , James Washington , FAA , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 02:54pm EST

Kempf sets 'bold' vision for GSA acquisition service

The commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service wants to take his organization to new heights in how it serves its agency and vendor customers. FAS saw its revenue grow to $52 billion in 2010, but Kempf wants to offer more services and meet its customers' needs better to increase its revenue. FAS will require all new schedule contract offers and modifications to be done electronically by the end of 2011.

Tags: contracting , industry , Steve Kempf , GSA , Federal Acquisition Service , schedules contracting , SmartBUY , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/24/2010, 06:33pm EST
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AcqStat sessions give broader view of challenges

OFPP is holding these meetings with large agencies to understand how they are meeting the Obama administration's acquisition goals. The sessions are similar to the TechStat sessions, but they're not at the program level. OFPP also is finalizing rules around multiple award contracts and schedule bidding.

Tags: contracting , Lesley Field , Dan Gordon , OFPP , GSA , Federal Acquisition Institute , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA schedules , multiple award contracting , Frontline Forums , AcqStat , Contracting Functional Advisory Boards , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 07:03am EDT
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Army fights contracting workforce attrition

With attrition from retirement and other factors, the Army is faced with needing as many as 500 new contracting officials almost every year for the foreseeable future. We get details on the options for dealing with that from the Army's Edward Harrington.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , DoD Report , contracting , Edward Harrington , Army , Defense

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Where is the acquisition workforce?

A recent hearing by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan took a look at whether Defense has made adequate plans and actual progress to improve the federal workforce that oversees billions of dollars in contracting activity. Former Congressman Chris Shays is the co-chairman of the Commission brings us up to speed.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afgh , management , Christopher Shays

Monday - 09/20/2010, 09:40am EDT
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Army rebuilding contracting workforce

The Army is trying to get the word out that it needs good people to help manage money. The lagging economy, stubborn unemployment and improved pay and benefits are helping to attract the next generation of acquisition professionals into the fold.

Tags: management , Pay & Benefits , contracting , DoD , Army , Jacques Gansler , Ed Harrington , Jeff Parsons , Kim Denver , Max Cacas

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 06:49am EDT
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